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Current and past PhD theses
Current PhD theses
David P. Adams, ‘British missionaries’ health in imperial West Africa: The medical missionaries of the Church Missionary Society, 1850-1925’. Supervised by Dr Gearoid Barry
Declan Doolin, ‘The impact of the Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’ on the Irish community in Liverpool’. Supervised by Dr Laurence Marley.
Pat Farrell, ‘Continental European Immigration into Ireland, 1956-1980’, PhD commenced in Sept. 2020, funded by College of Arts Fellowship. Supervised by Dr. Róisín Healy.
Kieran Hoare. ‘The evolution of oligarchies in the later medieval Irish town, 1377-1534’. Supervised by Prof. Steven Ellis and Dr. Pádraig Lenihan.
Margaret Houlihan, ‘Cumann na mBan in Clare, c.1916-1939’. Supervised by Dr. Caitriona Clear.
Joseph Lennon. ‘The settlement of Cromwellian transplantees from Counties Limerick, Tipperary and Cork (baronies of Duhallow, Orrery, Fermoy and Condons & Clangibbon) in Connacht and Clare (1652-1691).’ Supervised by Dr. Pádraig Lenihan.
Alice Mulhearn, ‘Sensory memory, lived experience and the Magdalene laundries’. Funded by NUIG Hardiman Scholarship. Supervised by Dr. Sarah-Anne Buckley.
Shauna Mulligan “Wartime Slavery and Race in the United States and Nazi Germany during the 1860s and 1940s: A Comparison of Robert Allston’s Chicora Wood Plantation in South Carolina (1861-1865) with Hans Aumeier’s Klooga Concentration Camp in Nazi Estonia (1941-1945)”.
Áine O'Flynn, ‘An epigenetic comparison of Irish and Irish-Canadian populations in the nineteenth century’. Supervised by Dr. Laurence Marley.
Recently Completed Theses
Maria Cullen, ‘A comparative study of French and British NGOs and their work in authoritarian regimes in the Global South, from decolonisation to the end of the Cold War’. Funded by the NUIG Doctoral Research Scholarship. Supervised by Dr. Kevin O’Sullivan.
Liam Alex Heffron, ‘The revolutionary intersection of land hunger, social justice and memory’. Supervised by Dr. John Cunningham.
Jamie Canavan, ‘In the best interest of the child: Foster care in Ireland, 1922-1983’. Funded by the IRC Doctoral Research Fellowship. Supervised by Dr. Sarah-Anne Buckley.
Ian Kenneally, ‘The Press in Ireland, 1921-25’. Supervised by Dr. John Cunningham and Dr. Simon Potter.
Jane O’Brien, ‘Care and Control: The Experience of the Sisters of Mercy run Irish Industrial School System, 1868-1936'. Funded by the NUIG Doctoral Research Scholarship. Supervised by Dr. Sarah-Anne Buckley.
Raina Howe,Tudor representations of Sylvan Ireland and constructions of barbarity and civility Supervised by Prof. Steven Ellis and Prof. Alison Forrestal.
Bernadette O'Connell, The people’s saviours? Voluntary activism in Dublin and Toronto in the age of the influenza pandemic, 1900-1920 supervised by Dr. Kevin O'Sullivan.
Gavan Duffy, ‘The British Empire’s southern Dominions and the emergence of the League of Nations “C” mandates, 1914–1926: Origins, administration and international oversight.’ Supervised by Dr. Gearóid Barry.
Lorraine Grimes. ‘Migration and assistance: Irish unmarried mothers in Britain, 1926-1973.’ Funded by the NUIG Doctoral Research Scholarship Scheme. Supervised by Dr. Sarah-Anne Buckley.
Dominic Haugh. ‘The History of Labour in Limerick in the Nineteenth Century. Supervised by Dr. John Cunningham.
David Kilgannon. '”The Problem of the Mentally Handicapped”: statutory policy, voluntary provision and intellectual disability in Ireland, 1947-84.’ Funded by the Wellcome Institute. Supervised by Dr. Sarah-Anne Buckley and Dr. Kevin O’Sullivan.
Olivia Martin, ‘Family and society in the old Irish and Anglo-Irish elite in Connaught, 1714-1914.’ Funded by the NUIG Doctoral Research Scholarship. Supervised by Dr. Sarah-Anne Buckley.
Matthew Mc Ginty, ‘“Every Kingdom divided against itself shall be destroyed”: Gaelic succession, overlords, uirríthe and the Nine Years’ War (1593-1603).’ Supervised by Dr. Pádraig Lenihan.
Francisco Rozano-García. ‘The “Old English Elegy” in the context of early medieval Latin and vernacular traditions: A reappraisal of intertextuality, poetics, and literary genre, with a study of manuscript context.’ Funded by the IRC Doctoral Research Fellowship and the NUIG Doctoral Research Scholarship. Supervised by Prof. Michael Clarke, Dr. Kim LoPrete and Dr. Frances McCormack.
Michael Kavanagh, ‘Galway Grammar School, c. 1673-1958: A Foundation Institution of the Erasmus Smith Trust.’ Supervised by Dr. John Cunningham.
Anthony King, ‘Home Rule from a transnational perspective: The Irish Parliamentary Party and the United Irish League of America, 1901-18’. Funded by the NUIG Doctoral Research Scholarship. Supervised by Dr. Mary Harris.
Áine Ní Chonghaile. ‘Pobal sa naoú haois déag á athrú agus á nua-aoisiú.’ Supervised by Dr. John Cunningham and Dr. Niall Ó Ciosáin.
Máire Ó Broin, ‘Vineta: the Vineta ‘Sage’ and its reception in German literary texts from the 1820s to 1989. Funded by the IRC Doctoral Research Fellowship. Supervised by Dr. Róisín Healy and Prof. Hans-Walter Schmidt-Hannisa.
Brega Webb, ‘The decoration of the Litterae Notabiliores in the Cathach of Colmcille’. Supervised by Prof. Daibhí Ó Cróinín.
Deirdre Fennell, ‘The reluctant Lord Deputy: the early life and career of Sir William FitzWilliam of Milton’. Supervised by Prof. Steven Ellis and Dr. Pádraig Lenihan.
Caroline Gillan, ‘Lord Bute and Eighteenth-Century Science and Patronage’. Supervised by Dr. Niall Ó Ciosáin.
Gerard Madden, ‘“We here in Ireland are not outside this struggle”: The Irish Catholic Church, anti-communism and the Cold War, 1945-1965’. Supervised by Dr. John Cunningham.
Michael O’Dowd, ‘Wolveridge’s Speculum Matricis: a mirror on antiquity?’. Supervised by Dr. Pádraig Lenihan.
Florry O’Driscoll, ‘Irish Soldiers in Risorgimento Italy and Civil War America: Nineteenth-Century Irish Nation-Building in Transnational and Comparative Perspective’. Funded by the NUIG Doctoral Research Scholarship. Supervised by Prof. Enrico Dal Lago.
Madeline O’Neill, ‘From Carnacon to Cape Town: An Interpretive Study of the Transnational Career of Senator Colonel Maurice Moore (1854-1939), Soldier, Diplomat, and Politician:’ Supervised by Dr. John Cunningham and Dr. Laurence Marley.
Mark Scannell, ‘The position of Irish Catholics in the Officer Corps of the British Army, 1829-1899’. Supervised by Dr. Pádraig Lenihan.
Diarmuid Wheeler. ‘From Gaelic Lordships to English counties: The Tudor Transition in Leix and Offaly, c. 1547-1603’. Supervised by Prof. Steven Ellis and Dr. Pádraig Lenihan.
James Curry, ‘The Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union and the labour press in Ireland, 1909-1920’. Supervised by Dr. John Cunningham.
Eamon Gardiner, ‘An examination of the Auxiliary Division, Royal Irish Constabulary, exploring possible links between conduct and conflict-related injury, traumatic experiences and stress’. Supervised by Dr. Mary Harris.
Kenneth Coyne, ‘A close reading of the direct speech element in Robert the Monk’s Historia Herosolimitana as an alternative method for its historical analysis’. Supervised by Dr. Kim LoPrete
Carla Lessing, ‘Promoting English Civility in Tudor Ireland: Ideology and the Rhetoric of Difference’. Funded by the NUIG Doctoral Research Scholarship. Supervised by Prof. Steven. Ellis and Dr. Alison Forrestal.
Martin O’Donoghue, ‘The Legacy of the Irish Parliamentary Party in Independent Ireland, 1922-49’. Funded by the NUIG Doctoral Research Scholarship and the IRC Doctoral Research Fellowship. Supervised by Dr. Mary Harris.
Katherine O’Driscoll, ‘Reform, instruction and practice: the impact of the Catholic revival on the laity in the Dublin diocese, 1793–1853’. Supervised by Dr. Niall Ó Ciosáin.
Gerard Watts, ‘James Larkin and the British, American and Irish free state intelligence services: 1914-1924’. Supervised by Dr. John Cunningham.
Christina Folsom, ‘The Irish Folklore Questionnaire System, 1936-45’. Funded by the NUIG Doctoral Research Scholarship. Supervised by Dr. Mary Harris and Prof. Lillis Ó Laoire.
Maxine Keoghan, ‘From Connemara to Minnesota: The Nugent emigration scheme, 1880’. Supervised by Dr. John Cunningham.
Therese Moylan, 'Women entrepreneurs and self-employed business owners in Ireland 1922-1972’. Supervised by Dr. Caitriona Clear.
Joe Regan, ‘Irish Immigrants in the Rural U.S. Slave South’. Funded by the NUIG Doctoral Research Scholarship. Supervised by Prof. Enrico Dal Lago.
Terri Shoosmith, ‘Landscape and Settlement in the barony of Tulla, Co. Clare, c. 1580-1810’. Funded by the NUIG Hardiman Scholarship. Supervised by Dr. Pádraig Lenihan.
Cathal Smith, ‘Lords of Land and Labour: A Comparison of Antebellum Mississippi’s John A. Quitman and Nineteenth-Century Ireland’s Lord Clonbrock’. Funded by the IRC Doctoral Research Fellowship. Supervised by Prof. Enrico Dal Lago.
Lili Zach, ‘Irish perceptions of national identities in Austria-Hungary and its small successor states, 1914-1945’. Supervised by Dr. Mary Harris.
Matteo Binasco, ‘Establishing Mission Networks in the Early Modern Catholic Church: Ireland, Rome and the West Indies, 1600-69’. Funded by the IRC Doctoral Research Fellowship and the NUIG Doctoral Research Scholarship. Supervised by Dr. Alison Forrestal.
Christopher Doyle, ‘The Endgame of Treason: Suppressing Rebellion and Usurpation in the Late Roman Empire AD 397-411’. Supervised by Prof. Dáibhí Ó Cróinín.
Mary B. Hawkins, 'Nurses and midwives in the state sector in Galway 1922-1970’. Supervised by Dr. Caitriona Clear.
Paul McNamara, ‘The Sovietization of Poland’s Baltic “Recovered Territories”, 1945-1956’. Funded by the IRC Doctoral Research Fellowship. Supervised by Dr. Róisín Healy.
James O’Donnell, ‘International News Supply to Ireland, c. 1899-1949’. Funded by PRTL1. Supervised by Dr. Mary Harris and Dr. Simon Potter.
Séan Ó Duibhir, ‘The response of the Irish state to subversion 1969-1981’. Supervised by Dr. Mary Harris.
Pauline Scott, ‘Evictions on the Glinsk Creggs estate of Allan and Margaret Pollok in the 1850s’.Supervised by Dr. John Cunningham.
Ronan De Bhaldraithe, ‘Ghost Dances and Ring Shouts: Nineteenth-Century Lakota and Gullah Musical Traditions in Comparative Perspective’. Supervised by Prof. Enrico Dal Lago.
Susan Loughlin, ‘The Pilgrimage of Grace: Rhetoric, Reward and Retribution’. Funded by the NUIG Doctoral Research Scholarship. Supervised by Prof. Steven. Ellis and Dr. Alison Forrestal.
Mark Phelan. ‘Irish responses to Fascist Italy, 1919-1932.’ Funded by IRC. Supervised by Prof. Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh.
John Burke, ‘Athlone, 1900-1921: politics and conflict in provincial Ireland’. Supervised by Dr. Mary Harris.
Geraldine Curtin, 'Criminal children in post-Famine Connacht: poverty, crime and punishment 1854-1870.’ Supervised by Dr. Caitriona Clear.
Sarah McCann, ‘Bede’s plures de Scottorum regione; the Irish in Bede's Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum’.Supervised by Prof. Dáibhí Ó Cróinín.
Joanne McEntee, ‘The state and the landed estate: order and shifting power relations in Ireland 1815-1891’. Supervised by Dr. John Cunningham.
Seán Smith, ‘Fidelity to Founder under the Bourbon Regime: The Congregation of the Mission, 1660-1736’. Funded by the PRTLI4 Postgraduate Fellowship and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Supervised by Dr. Alison Forrestal.
Jacqueline Maria Callan, ‘The history of the Galway Fishery during the ownership of the Ashworth Family, 1852-1922’.Supervised by Dr. John Cunningham.
Claire E Lyons, ‘Sylvester O’Halloran’s General History (1788): Irish Historiography and the late Eighteenth-Century British Empire’. Supervised by Dr. Niall Ó Ciosáin.
Dónal McAnallen, ‘Playing on the Fourth Green Field: The Gaelic Athletic Association and the Northern Ireland State, 1921-1968’. Supervised by Dr. Mary Harris.
Orla Power. ‘Irish planters, Atlantic merchants: the development of St. Croix, Danish West Indies, 1750-1766.’ Funded by the Irish Research Council. Supervised by Nicholas Canny.
Andrew Sargent. ‘Ruling the Borders: Wiliam Lord Dacre and the genesis of the Dacre Rising’. Supervised by Prof. Steven Ellis.
Bernard Kelly, ‘Prisoners of history: Irish ex-servicemen, the De Valera government and Irish society, 1945-1948’.Supervised by Dr. John Cunningham.
Laura Kelly. ‘Irish Medical Women c.1880s-1920s: the origins, education and careers of early women medical graduates from Irish institutions’. Supervised by Dr. Aileen Fyfe.